2003-09-26 / Community

Addabbo Center Gets Outpatient Grant

Addabbo Center Gets Outpatient Grant

Health and Human Service Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced 45 grants totaling $23 million to help community health facilities, including the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center in Rockaway, to provide outpatient and primary care services for low-income, medically underserved.

According to a health center spokesperson, Congressman Gregory Meeks supported Addabbo as one of the 45 agencies receiving the grant nationwide.

"This grant will help Addabbo reach out to those who may be HIV-positive but don’t know it, and get them in care," Congressman Meeks said. "Early and continuous care can help these individuals live longer, more productive lives. HIV/AIDS continues to grow among traditionally underserved and vulnerable groups and people of color – women and youth, in particular, remain disproportionately affected by the epidemic that has hit both America and other nations."

This grant was awarded under the Title III Early Intervention Services program of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act, which is managed by HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau. Grant recipients include community-based clinics and medical center, hospitals, public health departments and universities in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Twenty of the grants went to community health centers, which deliver primary and preventive care to patients regardless of their ability to pay.

"We look forward to expanding this program even more once Addabbo has relocated to its new facility to be located at 62 Street and Rev. Joseph H. May Boulevard. (Beach Channel Drive). The ground-breaking will be in January 2004 and the move-in date in July 2005," continued Congressman Meeks.

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